“Adults blame parents for education problems” (Interesting Poll, But Can We Stop The Blame Game?)

Adults blame parents for education problems is the headline on an article in today’s San Francisco Chronicle. Here’s an excerpt:

Blaming teachers for low test scores, poor graduation rates and the other ills of American schools has been popular lately, but a new survey wags a finger closer to home.

An Associated Press-Stanford University Poll on education found that 68 percent of adults believe parents deserve heavy blame for what’s wrong with the U.S. education system — more than teachers, school administrators, the government or teachers unions.

Only 35 percent of those surveyed agreed that teachers deserve a great deal or a lot of the blame.

It’s good information to know, and backs up most other polls I’ve written about in this blog.

At the same time, as I’ve written before, Teachers Have Got To Stop Blaming Parents (and politicians need to stop blaming teachers).

It’s not “us” versus “them,” as I write in an upcoming piece on the “parent trigger” that should be appearing in The Washington Post shortly.

We’ve got to reach out to each other and work in partnership to address the in-school and out-of-school challenges facing our students and their families.

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